The next edition of New Formations includes an essay of mine that has been the result of rethinking some of the key concepts in Contract & Contagion in the tumult of an almost two-year long boycott and divestment campaign directed against migration detention.
Implicit or not, there persists a view of capitalism in which the border is understood as extraneous to the inherent tendencies of capital. In this, capital and the state are regarded as distinctive logics, the first inclined to overtake limits, the second emphasising limit as such. […]
in South Atlantic Quarterly, 111:4, pp. 763-83 (2012).
Published, Mute, December 20, 2011. Also below
Full text from Cultural Studies Review, volume 18 number 1 March 2012, pp.153–73.
Full text, Social Text 2011 Volume 29, Number 3 108: 73-91.
Abstract for a panel at the Seeing through Empire’s new clothes – Extending strategies for anticapitalist struggle against the economic crisis, September 13, 2009.
Recently, “illegal immigration” was listed in a Defence Department White Paper as a “non-military threat to our national life.” Around the same time, the Dept of Immigration announced a campaign of “saturation surveillance” extending from the northern coastline to well outside Australian territorial waters, and the systematic use of biometrics in the implementation of ‘border…
Paper given at City/State Conference, July 2002; published in the City-State Reader (Sam de Silva, ed.).